e-Commerce has emerged as an important new trade pathway that is continuing to trend upwards, especially during the pandemic. Over the past several years there has been a tremendous increase in the volume of small parcels transported by postal and express courier services and this shift in trade patterns along with the challenge of screening and preventing the entry of unauthorized goods increases the risk of introduction and spread of pests into new territories.
World Customs Organization (WCO):
The World Customs Organization (WCO) is the international intergovernmental organization that deals with the customs procedures that govern trade between countries.
In March 2019, the Secretariats of the IPPC and the WCO signed a joint work plan. This joint work plan addresses several major areas for bilateral cooperation, including cross-border e-commerce.
The WCO e-commerce package provides guidance to national customs administrations on establishing or enhancing their legislative, policy and operational framework for managing cross-border e-commerce.
A number of ISPMs are relevant to all trade, including e-commerce trade, such as:
|IPPC Secretariat annual work plan for cross-border e-Commerce (2019-2022)||En||06 Jan 2020|
|CPM-12 (2017) Special Topics Session: e-Commerce, Presentations||Link||26 Apr 2017|
|CPM Recommendation on: Internet trade (e-Commerce) in plants and other regulated articles (R-05)||Link||23 Aug 2017|
|CPM-12 (2017) Special Topics Session: e-Commerce||Link||16 Feb 2017|